Ryan Shrout - September 29, 2022
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! (And the moment our teams have been working towards!) The Intel Arc A750 and A770 GPUs will be for sale on October 12th starting at $289 and $329 respectively, with the Arc A770 Limited Edition available for $349. Watch our video and read on for performance, bundle deals, and more.
After years of price increases in the massive $200-400 GPU segment, Intel is bringing balance back to the GPU market. Pricing seems to have gone off the deep end and we’re working to reel it back in with the Intel Arc A-series GPUs. As we’ve shown in earlier performance blogs, the Arc A750 and A770 trade blows with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060* – a popular mainstream GPU. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger called out the extreme GPU prices in his Intel Innovation Day 1 keynote, showing that the last four years have seen a nonstop upward trend in prices of mainstream GPUs. By entering the GPU space as a third player, Intel is ready to turn these tides in gamers’ favor and disrupt the market.
On average, a new GeForce RTX 3060 will set you back $418. (This number was calculated on Newegg.com, targeting in stock, sold by Newegg, new RTX 3060 cards as of Sept 22, 2022.) Picking up an Intel Arc A750 on October 12th for $289 gets you 53% more performance per dollar on average, or an 8GB Arc A770 for $329 provides 42% more perf/dollar. Why is that? The Arc A700-series performance beats the 3060 in most modern titles using DirectX 12 or Vulkan APIs and our GPUs aren’t far behind in most DX11 games – all for much less cash.
When collecting this massive data set shared in the video above, TAP and I first showed performance of games that run on DX11 and DX12, but eventually excluded DX11 game performance data points where the game also has a DX12 mode, like Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, benchmarked in our video above. Check out the divide between the older and newer APIs at 5:54. The DirectX 12 version makes better use of the GPU and scores 92 frames per second at 1440p High, compared to the DX11 run at 78 fps. If your favorite games have DirectX 12 or Vulkan, turn it on!
The performance and value of the A770 and A750 is great, but don’t forget that Alchemist is based on a modern GPU architecture. It supports features like AI super sampling with XeSS, includes dedicated hardware ray tracing acceleration, was the first GPU to offer hardware AV1 encode acceleration, has some impressive overclocking capability, and just-plain-looks-cool.
Check the bottom of this article for an Excel table of our performance data. Don’t want to take our word for it? The first round of cards for independent reviews are in the mail and we’re looking forward to hearing their takes on Intel Arc performance and value.
If you thought the deal we were bringing to the table was too good to be true, don’t miss out on the amazing software attached to this launch. The new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is included with qualifying Intel Arc 7 GPUs! Think that’s sweet? Let’s make it downright saccharine with even more games. Gotham Knights, Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, and The Settlers come with an Intel Arc A750 or A770 and opt-in registration for the Intel Gaming Access program at game.intel.com. Gaming Access has fantastic giveaways, sweepstakes, and articles so do yourself a favor and sign up anyway.
You’ve been reading and following along with our journey in bringing Intel discrete graphics to the world, and I want to thank you for sticking with us. This isn’t the end though. It’s the true beginning of Intel Arc graphics, a result of years of hard work by our brilliant engineers and the trailhead for a longer journey in restoring balance to the graphics world.
We’ll keep updating arc.intel.com with driver updates, feature blogs, and more hardware news. We’re just getting started!